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Minister Counsellor Yang Xiaokun Attends the Launching Ceremony of Lancaster Belt and Road Research Consortium

On June 7, Minister Counsellor Yang Xiaokun attended the Launching Ceremony of Lancaster Belt and Road Research Consortium (LUBRIC). Mark Smith, Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University, Alan Biddulph, Deputy Mayor of Lancaster, and more than 70 representatives and scholars from Tsinghua University, Beijing Jiaotong University, Nottingham University, Edinburgh University and the Belt and Road Initiative research institutions were at the event.

Smith said that Lancaster University is one of the first universities in the UK to conduct academic cooperation, involving linguistics, engineering, and environmental studies, with Chinese universities. He first gave credit to the Confucius Institute jointly established by the school and South China University of Technology for its commitment and hoped that the newly launched Belt and Road Research Consortium would further promote the understanding of the Belt and Road Initiative in the UK.

Minister Counsellor Yang noted that this year marks the sixth anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative. The second Belt and Road Forum for International Co-operation held this April in Beijing yielded fruitful results. As a “natural partner” of China, the UK has joined and supported the BRI from the very beginning and cooperated with China in manufacturing, engineering, technical and financial services, etc. Last week, the new UK-CHINA-BRI Countries Education Partnership Initiative supported by Chinese Ministry of Education and the British Council was launched in China, which would benefit the education sectors of China, Britain and the countries along the Belt and Road.

Yang stressed that the year 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. It is also the 65th anniversary of the establishment of China-UK diplomatic relationship at the level of chargé d'affaires. The LUBRIC could become a world leading base for BRI studies and a platform for China-UK cooperation and facilitate the development of the Confucius Institute at Lancaster University.

Later, Minister Counsellor Yang Xiaokun, Vice-Chancellor Mark Smith, Deputy Mayor Alan Biddulph and LUBRIC Director Zeng Jinghan jointly launched the Research Consortium.

During the event, Yang also met with Vice-Chancellor Mark Smith and Vice President-designate Simon Guy.

It is reported that the LUBRIC is the first Belt and Road Initiative research entity in the UK and the first Consortium led by a Confucius Institute.

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